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Faster mobile Core i5 processor coming this fall

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: May 22, 2010 4:00 am

A minor roadmap leak yesterday has indicated Intels plans to release a new mobile Core i5 processor during the fall. Dubbed the Core i5 580M, this processor is said to take over the position of the existing 540M processor, which will bring with it a clock increase from 2.53GHz to 2.66GHz.




When in Turbo Boost it will see a larger jump from the 540M's 3.06GHz ceiling to 3.33GHz and the IGP also gets a faster clock rate of 766MHz (500MHz on the 540M). However, the new 580M still uses the same 35W of power and 3MB L3 cache.

LG forecasting huge growth for e-readers

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 22, 2010 2:46 am



While many may believe that multifunction devices like the iPad will spell doom for the dedicated e-reader market, LG Display has a different outlook on things. The South Korean company, which is the second largest producer of electronic paper behind Taiwan's Prime View International, is forecasting 76-78% growth by the end of the year.


Shipments of electronic paper displays jumped to 5 million units because of the strong growth of e-readers like Amazon's Kindle, but the emergence of tablets like the iPad with their color displays, multifunctional abilities and touch functions have led many to believe the e-reader will be short lived and pushed to the side.

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ExoPC Slate demonstrated

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 22, 2010 1:47 am

The ExoPC tablet, which has been teasing MID fans since the beginning of the year, seems to be closer to being released to tablet fans out there. A prototype version has been shown on video by Alexandre Vallieres-Lagace at Blogue de Geek who got to sit down with the developers and take it for a test drive.




The final product name is planned to be the ExoPC "Slate" and runs a full version of Windows 7. 2GB of onboard ram keep things trucking along and a 8.9 inch screen with a max resolution of 1366x768 in full screen mode. With 2 USB ports, an HDMI port, and a headphone and microphone port, this tablet will not be hurting for connectivity and Lagace was impressed with the video playback made possible by the Broadcom chipset Crystal HD.

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Google acquisition of AdMob cleared by FTC

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 22, 2010 1:01 am



The Federal Trade Commission officially cleared the acquisition of AdMob, a startup mobile advertising firm. This acquisition opens the door for Google to expand their mobile advertising section for marketers, mobile, app developers, and mobile publishers.


"As mobile phone usage increases, growth in mobile advertising is only going to accelerate. This benefits mobile developers and publishers who will get better advertising solutions, marketers who will find new ways to reach consumers, and users who will get better ads and more free content," stated Susan Wojcicki, Vice President of Product Management in her Google Blog release this morning.

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Eken M003 ebook reader released

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 21, 2010 9:49 pm

The Chinese manufacturer Eken has released an affordable tablet option in the form of the Eken M003 tablet/ebook reader. This Android 1.6 powered device sports an 800x480 resolution 8" LCD display, 600MHz VIA processor, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, 128MB RAM, and an SD card slot for up to 32GB storage.




While these specs may not be impressive to some, the price tag may change your mind. It is being sold for $240 USD a pop at the Chinagrabber website with a 2GB SD card for onboard storage. Throw in a 32GB card and you have yourself a decent little machine for a fraction of the cost of the higher power (and priced) alternatives. The M003 is available in pink, white, or black for your color customizing needs.

Samsung Mobile sets world record for largest dodgeball game

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2010 7:08 pm

I think the coaches got a sick thrill out of seeing the smaller kids get pounded by the bigger kids at dodgeball in middle school. It always seemed like someone was aiming for your nads too. Samsung has set a new world record for the largest game of dodgeball ever.




The game was certified by the Guinness World Record people with a game of two teams with 712 players total. The game had 600 dodgeballs in play. I can't imagine the carnage that the initial volley caused, talk about a target rich environment. I bet one throw took out ten geeks.

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Adesso debuts new full-size mechanical gaming keyboard

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 21, 2010 6:06 pm

When it comes to lots of typing and gaming many gamers and computer users prefer keys that are very clicky and have lots of tactile feel and feedback. Unfortunately, old style mechanical keyboards are rare today.




Adesso has announced a new keyboard aimed at gamers that use mechanical keys for clicky sound and good typing feel. The keyboard is full-size with 104 keys and it is called the MKB-135B. The keys are rated for 20 million presses.

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Best Buy offers Xbox 360 and Laptop combo for grads

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 21, 2010 4:04 pm

Graduation day is here for high school and college students around the country. Many high school students are getting ready to head away from home to college this fall and will need some stuff to get by. Best Buy has a nice combination offer for graduates that includes two essential items.




For $899.98 the bundle includes an Xbox 360 Arcade game console and your choice of one of two computers. Both computers are laptops and share most of the same features. Both run windows 7 Home Premium, have Core i5 CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB HDDs.

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HP really is full of crap with manure powered data center vision

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: May 21, 2010 3:08 pm

I don't know much about cows other than they taste pretty good if you cook them just right. I do know that they poop a lot, which I believe is where the term crap load comes from. HP has some interesting plans that involve all that cow poo and powering data centers.




According to HP, the manure produced by an average dairy cow each day amount to about 120 pounds and can produce 3kWh of electricity. That is enough power for the TV usage in three US homes per day. HP is working to take the manure and turn it into power.

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Scythe releases compact Kama Bay AMD 2000 amplifiers

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: May 21, 2010 2:18 pm

Scythe has announced its new Kama Bay AMP 2000 audio amplifier for PCs today, a Class D amplifier that can be either mounted into a vacant 5.25" bay in a system or positioned solely on a desk without looking like an eyesore.




It's actually quite an attractive little unit which is available in both black and silver. One of its highlights is that it uses Yamaha's digital IC YDA138 on the PCB as an improvement in sound quality versus other Kama series amps Scythe has in its line-up.




It is a 2-channel amp with a maximum output rating of 2 x 10 Watt (8 Ù), maximum efficiency of 88% (8 Ù / 10 W) and Signal/Noise ratio of 103 dB, or 95dB when using headphones.

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